Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Plaid Blanket Scarf Outfits + 9 Other Awesome Options

In a post last week I said was only able to wear this scarf ONE time after receiving it a year ago because it wasn't cold enough here.  Since this year winter San Diego actually feels like winter (though it was 74 degrees yesterday...) I'm having fun brainstorming outfits to wear this scarf with.  Gotta get its use while I can!

You can really pair a blanket scarf with nearly any outfit made of solids, and some with simple patterns if you want to pattern mix.  It makes a great focal point for an outfit, and it keeps you nice and toasty.

Whether you have this exact scarf or another plaid scarf made of other colors, here are just a few of many, many outfits you can wear a plaid scarf with!

There are cool ways to tie this scarf that I didn't do, like as simple as leaving the ends hanging out or as innovative as wearing it open like a shawl over your shoulders and belting it.

For some reason when I leave the ends hanging out, it falls off me.  When I have my hands full with a baby or all of the stuff that travels with a baby (ugh, so much stuff!) it's annoying to fix my scarf every so often.  If I were baby free I don't think I'd mind so much, but these days I knot it to keep it in place.

All I did was fold the scarf into a triangle and centered it on my stomach.  I wrapped the ends around my neck, crossing in the back and meeting again at the front, tucked underneath.  I knotted the ends together so that the scarf stayed in place.  

Here's a closer look at the outfits:

1. Plain White Tee
Wear it over a plain white tee, jeans, and any completer piece you want.  I chose a blazer this time, but it'd also look cute with a cargo jacket or a thicker sweater cardigan.  

Shop for the Look:
Tee: Everlane (exact)
Blazer: H&M (similar, similarsimilar)
Jeans: Old Navy (similar, similar)
Shoes: Forever 21 (exactsimilarsimilar)
Scarf: Zara (similarsimilar)

2.  Spruce Up a Dress
A plain dress is begging to be accessorized, so a blanket scarf would be a perfect focal point for one!

Shop for the Look:
Dress: Target (similar)
Blazer: Old Navy (similar, similar)
Fleece Lined Tights: Bare Necessities (similar)
Shoes: Kohl's (similar)
Scarf: Zara (similarsimilar)

3.  With Colors In the Scarf
I wore this exact outfit nearly a year ago in St. Louis--the ONE time last year I was in weather cold enough to wear a blanket around your neck!  I don't know if it's just because I love navy and olive together, but I loved the colors in this outfit and how the scarf tied them together since there are some greens and hints of blue.  Reds/maroon and browns/tans would work nicely too.  Whether you have this exact scarf or one with different colors, try incorporating colors from the scarf and use the scarf to tie the outfit together.  

Shop for the Look:
Shirt: Old Navy (exact, similar)
Sweater: Forever 21 (similar)
Jeans: Target (similar, similar)
Boots: Fergalicious via Famous Footwear (exact)
Scarf: Zara (similarsimilar)

4.  Pattern Mix
Mix it up by pairing it with some pattern.  One of the easiest pattern mixes is a neutral palette of stripes.  

Shop for the Look:
Top: Target (exact--sale for $8)
Jacket: c/o SheInside (similar, similar)
Jeans: LOFT (exact)
Boots: Target (similar, similar)
Scarf: Zara (similarsimilar)

Like I said, you can wear it with pretty much any solids in your closet.  It doesn't need to be a blanket scarf, nor does it need to be this pattern or color.  Any plaid scarf will be a cute addition to any outfit with solids or basics!

Here are a few others great options:

Links to Shop:
one  |  two  |  three
four (3 diff colors)  |  five  |  six ($8!)
seven ($10!)  |  eight ($16)  |  nine


  1. Has anyone ever shopped with ROMWE (one of the scarf options brought me there). Just googled and it looks like there are a lot of unhappy customers, so I am apprehensive about giving it a shot.

  2. I don't own a blanket scarf, but I do have a similar patterned rectangular scarf. I'm going to copy your outfit with the grey dress exactly, if you don't mind :P.

  3. Thank you for the tying tips... I'm always trying to get it to do just this but somehow can't figure it out. Also thank you for the outfit inspiration of course! I wear mine with jeans and blazer or sweater all the time but like the inspiration to pull out a dress!

  4. I bet this big of scarf doesn't work is you are busty!

  5. hahahaha I wish my winter was 74 degrees! It's 11 here today and we're on to our 2nd foot of snow. Makes blogging just a littttttttle bit difficult.

    Recreating that grey dress outfit immediately.

  6. Thanks for the tips! They are great!! Love your blog so much!!


  7. Thanks so much for explaining how the scarf is tied! I could never figure out why mine wasn't working, but I didn't think of bringing the ends around to tie in front, Now that I've got it, it's going to give me several new style options. Our winters are usually mild in north Texas, but this week we'll be much colder than usual, so it's a great time to try this look!

  8. HappinessatmidlifeWednesday, January 07, 2015

    I haven't figure out how to use the scarf as much as i would like to. I do love the cool weather we are having. Love all the ways you've show us how you styled it.


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

  9. I'm a pretty busty girl myself and have a scarf that's nearly identical to option #2 above, and it actually works out really well for me! Some tips that I've found to be useful: wear it with plain long-sleeved T-shirts or dresses (plus jacket as needed) rather than over big thick sweaters. That way, you aren't adding bulk in an area where there's already plenty. Also, rather than the "triangle + tie the ends" technique, I tend to have it in one or two looser loops, otherwise there's just way too much scarf in the chin-to-chest region. I hope this helps!

  10. Thanks for explaining how you tied your scarf! I have a scarf that is pretty large and square-shaped, but I'm always wishing I had different ideas of how to tie it...I'm definitely going to be trying this out!


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